Welcome to Leather School

We offer practical courses that are steeped in age-old traditions within our modern facilities. Leather School operates from the first floor of the Tanner Bates traditional English leather making studio in beautiful South Devon.

Our connection to the studio means that we are amongst the best resourced centres for learning leather working skills in the country. Our tutors are drawn from professionals working for Tanner Bates, along with highly skilled practitioners in different specialisms

Winter at Leather School

Christmas is approaching and Leather School has plenty of gift ideas if you’re looking for something a bit different. As well as booking onto courses we have specific course gift cards that offer flexibility for when to book and cash gift cards that can be used on any course.

Dates are now available for our Essential Skills weekends, and In-a-Day Satchel and Wallet courses through the Winter and Spring of 2019.

The Leather School Mission

Whether you come for a short experiential course, or to learn essential leatherworking skills, our aim is to inspire you to get hands-on with leather and to enable you to learn skills that you will continue to develop in creating leatherwork, either for the pleasure of learning a craft or in your professional life.

Courses and Booking

Leather School courses start with relatively straight forward short classes and build up to the essential skills to get you established. Beyond this we are committed to supporting our students and experienced leather workers with advanced skills and supportive Makers’ Days.

To book onto Leather School courses use the calendar on the menu bar. Choose the course and date you want, then select ‘Tickets’ to book the course.

Make your own Belt kit

It is the best course I have ever been on…

Fantastic course, learnt loads it is the best course I have ever been on, John and Will were excellent instructors very patient and informative, came home with a lovely belt and bag made completely from scratch by myself. I feel confident to carry on with this skill at home. I would definitely recommend this course to others.


….we’ve done a range of different skills courses because we’re both a bit crafty, and we’re in agreement that this was the best thing that we’ve ever done.
Susannah Dowie, London
Hi John, thanks for a superb weekend. I came into work this morning showing off my new belt and already have an order for a dog collar.
James Rutter
…If I could I would give up work and go and spend my time with John in that lovely workshop I could not think of any thing better. Thank you John and Will for a lovely informatitve weekend.
Stephanie Bacon
The course was fantastic! I could never have imagined learning so much over one weekend! I now feel confident that I can start implementing my creative thoughts into actual products…
Robert Harris